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Over 150 radio stations contacted from Whitwell Station GB2MGN

We received a report from Bittern DX Group who where part of the Railways on Air weekend on 26th/27th September

They set up three radio stations in the signal box, a small station running VHF on 145Mhz for local contacts using a vertical antenna attached to the safety rail, a Raspberry Pi (this is a tiny constructed computer about the size of a matchbox) which was receiving and sending data signals through a Yaesu FT897 HF Transceiver and vertical HF Antenna. Finally the main station which consisted of a Yaesu FT1000MP HF Transceiver and horizontal Windom wire antenna.

Although radio conditions were very poor we succeeded in contacting over 150 other amateurs of which 22 were special event railway stations.

The list of railways contacted are as follows:
GB0HBL Helston Branch Line in Cornwall
GB4OST Tintern Old Station
GB0SCR Swindon & Cricklade Railway
GB0DRC Didcot Railway Centre
GB1BAS Bickershaw & Abhram Station, South Lancs
GB0EOR Epping Onger Railway
GB2KCL Dover Shepedswell Railway, East Kent
GB0BR Bluebell Railway, Horsham Keynes
GB2HFC Liphook Steam Collection
GB2LHR Lakeside and Havercock Railway
GB2OCG Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
MX0NBC Avon Valley Railway, near Bristol
GB0DR Oakhampton Dartmoor Railway
GB0TLR Tittenhanger Light Railway
GB2WS Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, Derby
GB0SDR Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust
GB0TSR Telford Steam Railway
GB4SR Swanage Railway
GB6AR Amerton Steam Railway
GB2HSC Hollycombe Steam Collection
EI2WSVR Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, Republic of Ireland
GB0AVR Ammon Valley Railway

We also made contact with an ex railway engineer who lives on the edge of the Baltic in Germany who was very interested in the work that has been carried out to renovate Whitwell.

An interesting contact was with GB2KAA who are the Kent Air Ambulance.